Donald Trump claims he has seen evidence coronavirus came from Wuhan laboratory

Washington: Donald Trump says he has seen evidence linking a laboratory in Wuhan lab to coronavirus.

The US president made the claim at a White House press conference today, when a reporter asked him: ‘Have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?’

He replied: ‘Yes I have.’

The president went on to criticise the World Health Organisation, which he claimed was too pro-China.

He said they were ‘like the public relations agency for China and this country pays them almost $500 million a year, and China pays them $38 million a year.

Whether it’s a lot or more, it doesn’t matter, but still, they shouldn’t be making excuses when people make horrible mistakes, especially mistakes that are causing hundreds of thousands of people around the world to die.

I think the World Health Organisation should be ashamed of themselves.’

He said that US authorities were ‘looking at it [the possibility of the virus coming from the lab] very, very strongly’.

‘We’re going to see where it is – we’re going to see where it comes from,’ he said, ‘There’s a lot of theories.’

US intelligence services have announced earlier that Covid-19 is not man-made, but say officials continue to investigate whether the new coronavirus escaped from a laboratory.

In a statement, the US Office for the Director of National Intelligence confirmed Covid-19 originated in China, and added: ‘The intelligence community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified.’

The statement said that intelligence chiefs continue to work to try and establish whether the Covid-19 outbreak ‘began through contact with infected animals, or if it was the result of an accident in a laboratory in Wuhan.’

Earlier today, the President said he is anticipating a major economic rebound in the coming months and a ‘spectacular’ 2021.

While economists are warning of serious long-term damage as the United States plunges into recession because of coronavirus, President Trump is predicting a strong fourth quarter thanks to pent-up demand.

‘I think we can actually surpass where we were,’ he told reporters in the Oval Office, while admitting he was ‘relying on his gut’.

‘I feel it,’ he said. ‘I think sometimes what I feel is better than what I think, unfortunately or fortunately.’(Agencies)

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